Introducing LTE-Advanced

Application Note

LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is the project name of the evolved version of LTE that is being developed by 3GPP. LTE-A will meet or exceed the requirements of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the fourth generation (4G) radio communication standard known as IMT-Advanced. LTE-Advanced is being specified initially as part of Release 10 of the 3GPP specifications, with a functional freeze targeted for March 2011. The LTE specifications will continue to be developed in subsequent 3GPP releases. In October 2009, the 3GPP Partners formally submitted LTE-Advanced to the ITU Radiocommunication sector (ITU-R) as a candidate for 4G IMT-Advanced [1]. Publication by the ITU of the specification for IMT-Advanced is expected by March 2011. As more and more wireless operators announce plans to deploy LTE in their next-generation networks, interest in LTE-Advanced is growing. This application note covers the following topics: • Summary of the ITU requirements for 4G • Summary of 3GPP requirements for LTE-Advanced, including the expected timeline • Key solution proposals for LTE-Advanced • Release 10 and beyond: Technologies under consideration • Anticipated design and test challenges The application note also introduces Agilent’s LTE-Advanced design and test solutions that are ready for use by early adopters. These solutions will be continuously enhanced as the LTE-Advanced specifications are released. To get the most from this application note, you should have knowledge of the basic concepts of LTE technology. Detailed information is available in Agilent’s book LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless: Design and Measurement Challenges (ISBN 978-988-17935-1-5) www.agilent.com/find/ltebook and in the application note “3GPP Long Term Evolution: System Overview, Product Development, and Test Challenges” (literature number 5989-8139EN), available at www.agilent.com/find/LTE.
Please note that because the final scope and content of the Release 10 specifications are still to be decided, the information covered in this application note is subject to change.

Table of Contents

Introduction................................................................................................ 1 Overview of LTE and LTE-Advanced...................................................... 3 Evolution of wireless standards ...................................................... 3 Summary of LTE features ................................................................. 4 What’s new in LTE-Advanced ......................................................... 6 3GPP documents for LTE-Advanced .............................................. 6 LTE-Advanced timeline ..................................................................... 7 ITU Requirements for 4G Standards ...................................................... 8 3GPP Requirements for LTE-Advanced ................................................ 9 System performance requirements ................................................ 9 Spectrum flexibility .......................................................................... 10 LTE-Advanced and Other Release 10 Solution Proposals ............... 11 Release 10 new UE categories ...................................................... 12 LTE-Advanced key technologies ................................................... 13 Carrier aggregation .................................................................. 13 Enhanced uplink multiple access.......................................... 15 Enhanced multiple antenna transmission ........................... 16 Release 10 and beyond: Technologies under consideration.... 20 Coordinated multipoint transmission and reception.......... 20 Relaying...................................................................................... 21 Support for heterogeneous networks ................................... 22 LTE self-optimizing networks ................................................. 23 HeNB mobility enhancements ............................................... 23 Fixed wireless customer premises equipment (CPE) ........ 25 Design and Test Challenges ................................................................. 26 Carrier aggregation .......................................................................... 26 Enhanced uplink multiple access.................................................. 29 Enhanced multiple antenna transmission ................................... 30 Relaying ............................................................................................. 31 Outlook for LTE-Advanced Deployment .............................................. 32 Design and Test Tools for LTE-Advanced Developers ..................... 32 References ............................................................................................... 33 Acronyms ................................................................................................. 34

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Overview of LTE and LTE-Advanced
Fourth generation wireless technology has been anticipated for quite some time. To understand the evolutionary changes in 4G and LTE-Advanced, it may be helpful to summarize what came before.

Evolution of wireless standards
Wireless communications have evolved from the so-called second generation (2G) systems of the early 1990s, which first introduced digital cellular technology, through the deployment of third generation (3G) systems with their higher speed data networks to the much-anticipated fourth generation technology being developed today. This evolution is illustrated in Figure 1, which shows that fewer standards are being proposed for 4G than in previous generations, with only two 4G candidates being actively developed today: 3GPP LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.16m, which is the evolution of the WiMAX standard known as Mobile WiMAX™.
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Early 3G systems, of which there were five, did not immediately meet the ITU 2 Mbps peak data rate targets in practical deployment although they did in theory. However, there have been improvements to the standards since then that have brought deployed systems closer to and now well beyond the original 3G targets.

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starting from its initial release in 1999/2000. This allows LTE to be flexibly deployed where other systems exist today.S. SON. CoMP study.1 definitions) and the overall Release 10 functional freeze is targeted for March 2011. based on 1. and 20 MHz in both the uplink and the downlink. 3. 16QAM UL). the flexible use of new and existing frequency bands. and the addition of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) in Release 5 ushered in the informally named 3. The combination of HSDPA and HSUPA is now referred to as High Speed Packet Access (HSPA). including reduced latency for packets. There have been a number of different releases of UMTS. completed 3. EDGE Evolution LTE work item – OFDMA air interface. These high level goals led to further expectations for LTE. 10.5G. including narrowband systems such as GSM and some systems in the U.25 MHz. 15. Table 1. LTE femtocells LTE-Advanced (4G) work item. the addition of lower cost services with better user experience. LTE arrived with the publication of the Release 8 specifications in 2008 and LTE-Advanced is being introduced as part of Release 10.4. LTE & SAE feasibility study. four carrier HSDPA Rel-9 Rel-10 Dec 2009 March 2011 Summary of LTE features The Long Term Evolution project was initiated in 2004 [2]. dual carrier HSDPA Multi-standard radio (MSR). The subsequent addition of the Enhanced Dedicated Channel (E-DCH).84 Mcps (W-CDMA FDD & TDD) 1.Table 1 shows the evolution of 3GPP’s third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS). MIMO. 5. and spectral efficiency improvements above Release 6 high speed packet access (HSPA) of three to four times in the downlink and two to three times in the uplink. and a reduction in terminal complexity with an allowance for reasonable power consumption. new IP core network.5G. SAE work item. The motivation for LTE included the desire for a reduction in the cost per bit. better known as High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA).28 Mcps TDD (aka TD-SCDMA) HSDPA HSUPA (E-DCH) HSPA+ (64QAM DL. a simplified and lower cost network with open interfaces. 3G femtocells. The LTE-Advanced radio access network (RAN) functionality is planned to be functionally frozen by December 2010 (excluding the ASN. 4 . the original wideband CDMA technology. dual cell HSUPA LTE-Advanced feasibility study. Evolution of UMTS specifications Release Rel-99 Rel-4 Rel-5 Rel-6 Rel-7 Rel-8 Functional Freeze March 2000 March 2001 June 2002 March 2005 Dec 2007 Dec 2008 Main Radio Features of the Release UMTS 3. Flexible channel bandwidths—a key feature of LTE—are specified at 1.

4 Unlike previous systems. Figures for LTE’s time division duplex (TDD) radio access mode are comparable. scaled by the variable uplink and downlink ratios. LTE is designed from the beginning to use MIMO technology. in terms of mobility.6 64 QAM 86. 5 . Finally.8 4x4 MIMO 326. Table 2. and performance requirements under non-ideal radio conditions have also been developed. These figures represent the physical limitation of the LTE frequency division duplex (FDD) radio access mode in ideal radio conditions with allowance for signaling overheads.4 Uplink peak data rates (single antenna) Modulation Peak data rate Mbps QPSK 50 16 QAM 57. which results in a more integrated approach to this advanced antenna technology than does the addition of MIMO to legacy system such as HSPA. Downlink figures are shown for single input single output (SISO) and multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna configurations at a fixed 64QAM modulation depth. LTE is aimed primarily at low mobility applications in the 0 to 15 km/h range. Peak data rates for LTE Downlink peak data rates (64 QAM) Antenna configuration Peak data rate Mbps SISO 100 2x2 MIMO 172. Lower rates are specified for specific UE categories. where the highest performance will be seen. Examples of downlink and uplink peak data rates for a 20 MHz channel bandwidth are shown in Table 2.Speed is probably the feature most associated with LTE. The system is capable of working at higher speeds and will be supported with high performance from 15 to 120 km/h and functional support from 120 to 350 km/h. whereas the uplink figures are for SISO but at different modulation depths. Support for speeds of 350 to 500 km/h is under consideration.

org/tsg_ran/TSG_RAN/TSGR_47/Docs/RP-100080.807 Summarizes study of CA. enhanced multiple antenna transmission and CPE ftp. Study Item RP-080599 Outlines the overall goals of LTE-Advanced ftp://ftp.zip Physical Layer Aspects TR 36. even though they are not critical to meeting 4G requirements: • • • • • • Coordinated multipoint transmission and reception (CoMP) Relaying Support for heterogeneous networks LTE self-optimizing network (SON) enhancements Home enhanced-node-B (HeNB) mobility enhancements Fixed wireless customer premises equipment (CPE) RF requirements These features and their implications for the design and test of LTE-Advanced systems will be discussed in detail later in this application note. enabled by enhanced uplink multiple access and enhanced multiple antenna transmission (advanced MIMO techniques) Other performance enhancements are under consideration for Release 10 and beyond.zip Requirements TR 36.912 v9.org/Specs/html-info/36814.3.What’s new in LTE-Advanced In the feasibility study for LTE-Advanced. These documents are free to the public and can be downloaded from the 3GPP web site (www.3gpp.814 v9.0. The versions and dates shown here are current at the time of this writing.0 (2010-03) Summarizes the stage 2 development for the physical layer ftp://ftp.0 (2009-12) Defines requirements based on the ITU requirements for 4G systems ftp://ftp.htm Study phase Technical Report on E-UTRA UE Radio Transmission and Reception TR 36.org/Specs/html-info/36807.912.org/tsg_ran/TSG_RAN/TSGR_41/Docs/RP-080599.htm Stage 3 technical specifications begin to appear in the Release 10 36-series documents dated 2010-09.0.htm Study Phase Technical Report TR 36. it was determined that 3GPP Release 8 LTE could meet most of the 4G requirements apart from uplink spectral efficiency and the peak data rates.3GPP.org) or at the addresses given below.3gpp.htm Study item final status report RP-100080 ftp://ftp. 3GPP documents for LTE-Advanced 3GPP publishes all the documents relating to the development of LTE-Advanced.913 v9.org/Specs/html-info/36912. 3GPP determined that LTE-Advanced would meet the ITU-R requirements for 4G. enabled by carrier aggregation • Higher efficiency.3gpp.3gpp.0 (2010-06) Summarizes the stage 1 development work ftp://ftp. These higher requirements are addressed with the addition of the following LTE-Advanced features: • Wider bandwidths.3gpp. The results of the study are published in 3GPP Technical Report (TR) 36.org/Specs/html-info/36913. 6 .3gpp. Further.

R Submission Sept 2009 TR36. Link Budget template Figure 2. Compliance template R1-093741. The cutoff date for submitting the technology evaluation report to the ITU was June 2010. In March 2008. with a cutoff date of October 2009 for submission of candidate RIT proposals. WP 5D is scheduled to complete development of radio interface specification recommendations by February 2011. The deployment timeline for LTE-Advanced will be influenced by the success of LTE in the market. Timelines for IMT-Advanced (4G) and LTE-Advanced development 7 .16m [4]. which is also known as 802. 2008 2009 Proposals Evaluation 2010 2011 2012 2013 ITU-R Consensus Specification Early deployment? 3GPP Rel-9 study item Rel-10 study item ITU . In October 2010 the ITU Working Party 5D (WP 5D) decided that the first two RITs to meet the IMT-Advanced requirements were 3GPP’s LTE-Advanced and IEEE’s WirelessMAN-Advanced.912 v 2. which are described in more detail in the next section. the ITU-R issued an invitation for proposals for a new radio interface technology (RIT). The bottom of Figure 2 shows the work by 3GPP on LTE-Advanced. 3GPP formally submitted LTE-Advanced to the ITU as an IMT-Advanced candidate technology. is expected to be finished in 2010. Figure 2 shows the timeline for the development of IMT-Advanced and LTE-Advanced. including test development.0 R1-093731. With the completion of the documents listed at the bottom of the figure. At the top of the figure is the timeline of the ITU-R. Characteristic template R1-093682. The Global Certification Forum (GCF) released its scheme for test validation in early 2010 and will release a scheme for User Equipment (UE) certification by late 2010.LTE-Advanced timeline Work on Release 8 LTE. Deployment is expected to continue over the next few years. which is developing the fourth generation requirements. when it expects to see the first major wave of LTE commercial network rollouts [3]. which is occurring in parallel with the development of the ITU requirements.2.

The peak rates targeted for 4G will have fundamental repercussions on system design. 14 industry groups have registered with the ITU to evaluate whether or not the technology proposals submitted as candidates for 4G meet the requirements. 8 . services. This is a huge increase from 3G. The ITU’s high level requirements for IMT-Advanced include the following [5]: • A high degree of common functionality worldwide while retaining the flexibility to support a wide range of local services and applications in a costefficient manner • Compatibility of services within IMT and with fixed networks • Capability for interworking with other radio systems • High quality mobile services • User equipment suitable for worldwide use • User-friendly applications. were expressed only in terms of peak user data rates: • • • • 2048 kbps for indoor office 384 kbps for outdoor to indoor and pedestrian 144 kbps for vehicular 9. 100 Mbps for high mobility and 1 Gbps for low mobility) For the most part these are general purpose requirements that any good standard would attempt to achieve. The key requirement that sets 4G apart from previous standards is reflected in the last item. and equipment • Worldwide roaming capability • Enhanced peak data rates to support advanced mobile services and applications (in the downlink. defined in 1997. To date. which gives the expectations for peak data rates that reach as high 1 Gbps for low mobility applications and 100 Mbps for high mobility. The situation is quite different for IMT-Advanced. In addition to the general requirements above there are specific requirements for spectral efficiency summarized later in Table 3.ITU Requirements for IMT-Advanced (4G) The third generation of cellular radio technology was defined by the ITU-R through the International Mobile Telecommunications 2000 project (IMT-2000).6 kbps for satellite Of significance is that there was no requirement defined for spectral efficiency in 3G. which specified a peak rate of 2 Mbps for indoor low mobility applications and 144 kbps vehicular. The requirements for IMT-2000.

System performance requirements The system performance requirements for LTE-Advanced will in most cases exceed those of IMT-Advanced.1 GHz for W-CDMA). which highlights a desire to drive up peak performance in 4G LTE. It could be argued this ITU decision frees up the industry to make appropriate local decisions but it also has the effect of increasing the likely fragmentation of markets. LTE-Advanced. What then drives deployment of specific technologies in specific bands will depend on local circumstances. In terms of spectral efficiency. The 1 Gbps peak data rate required by the ITU will be achieved in LTE-Advanced using 4x4 MIMO and transmission bandwidths wider than approximately 70 MHz [8].913 states that targets for average spectral efficiency and for cell-edge user throughput efficiency should be given higher priority than targets for peak spectral efficiency and other features such as VoIP capacity5. because they can be met in ideal circumstances. with Release 10 having upwards of 30 bands defined from the outset. No comparable focus exists for LTE and LTE-Advanced. TR 36. In addition. requirements must recognize those parts of the world in which wideband channels are not available. Thus the work of LTE-Advanced should be focused on the very real challenges of raising average and cell-edge performance. Major technical considerations include the following: • • • Continual improvement to the LTE radio technology and architecture Scenarios and performance requirements for interworking with legacy radio access technologies Backward compatibility of LTE-Advanced with LTE. Any exceptions will be considered by 3GPP. Account taken of recent World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) decisions regarding new IMT spectrum as well as existing frequency bands to ensure that LTE-Advanced geographically accommodates available spectrum for channel allocations above 20 MHz.3GPP Requirements for LTE-Advanced The work by 3GPP to define a 4G candidate radio interface technology started in Release 9 with the study phase for LTE-Advanced. The frequency band choices for early 2G and 3G systems were far simpler and focused the industry on one or two key bands (900 MHz for GSM and 2. today’s LTE (Release 8) satisfies the 4G requirement for the downlink. It’s worth noting that peak targets. it is significant that the ITU has renamed its IMT-2000 spectrum as “IMT” spectrum with the intention that all spectrum previously identified for IMT-2000 (3G) is also applicable for IMT-Advanced (4G). However. Note that the peak rates for LTE-Advanced are substantially higher than the 4G requirements. there is just one pool of IMT spectrum. • 3GPP cites the fact that IMT-conformant systems will be candidates for any new spectrum bands identified by WRC-07 as one reason to align LTE-Advanced with IMT-Advanced [7]. An LTE terminal should be able to work in an LTE-Advanced network and vice versa. This is significant because it means there is no such thing as 3G spectrum or 4G spectrum. although targets for average performance are closer to ITU requirements. 9 .913. Also.” These requirements are based on the ITU requirements for 4G and on 3GPP operators’ own requirements for advancing LTE. “Requirements for Further Advancements for E-UTRA (LTE-Advanced) [6]. but not for the uplink. Table 3 compares the spectral efficiency targets for LTE. and IMT-Advanced. are often easier to demonstrate than average targets. The requirements for LTE-Advanced are defined in 3GPP Technical Report (TR) 36.

LTE-Advanced is designed to operate in spectrum allocations of different sizes.3–2.7 0. 10 . including allocations wider than the 20 MHz in Release 8.2 GHz band 4. Advanced-LTE.4 GHz band 3.4 2. Performance targets for LTE.75 (2x4 MIMO) *Note: ISD = Inter-site distance Spectrum flexibility In addition to the bands currently defined for LTE Release 8. 500 m ISD Downlink celledge user spectral efficiency (b/s/ Hz) 5 percentile.08 LTEAdvanced (4G) IMT-Advanced target [10] (4G) target [11] 30 (up to 8x8 MIMO) 15 (up to 4x4 MIMO) 2. and IMT-Advanced Item Peak spectral efficiency (b/s/Hz) Downlink cell spectral efficiency (b/s/Hz).07 0. TR 36.6 3.2 MIMO 4x4 MIMO 2x2 MIMO 4x2 MIMO 4x4 MIMO LTE (3.99 GHz band Some of these bands are now formally included in the 3GPP Release 9 and Release 10 specifications.Table 3.67 0. in order to achieve higher performance and target data rates.075 2.69 1. 3 km/h.913 identifies the following new bands: • • • • • • 450–470 MHz band 698–862 MHz band 790–862 MHz band 2.4–4.6 15 (4x4 MIMO) 6.05 0. the limited availability of spectrum means that aggregation from different bands is necessary to meet the higher bandwidth requirements. This option has been allowed for in the IMT-Advanced specifications. Although it is desirable to have bandwidths greater than 20 MHz deployed in adjacent spectrum. 500 m ISD Subcategory Downlink Uplink 2x2 MIMO 4.4–4. which means that it is acceptable to deploy an earlier release product in a band not defined until a later release.9G) target [9] 16. 10 users.87 2.12 0.09 0.32 (64 QAM SISO) 1.06 0.3 (4x4 MIMO) 4. Note that frequency bands are considered releaseindependent features.

along with some of the associated design and test challenges. Technical Report (TR) 36.LTE-Advanced and Other Release 10 Solution Proposals Proposed solutions for achieving LTE-Advanced performance targets for the radio interface are defined in 3GPP TR 36. This will cover the following Release 10 features: • Carrier Aggregation (CA) • Enhanced DL multiple antenna (DLMA) transmission • UL multiple antenna (ULMA) transmission • Fixed wireless CPE RF requirements Like most technical reports.” [12] A comprehensive summary of the overall LTE-Advanced proposals including radio. 11 . “Further Advancements for E-UTRA Physical Layer Aspects. [13] The remainder of this application note will focus on the radio interface of LTE-Advanced and other Release 10 features. this document contains useful background information on how the requirements were developed which will not necessarily be evident in the final technical specifications. Release 10 and beyond: Technologies under consideration • Coordinated multipoint transmission and reception (CoMP) • Relaying • Support for heterogeneous networks • LTE self-optimizing networks (SON) • HNB and HeNB mobility enhancements • CPE RF requirements We’ll examine each of these categories from the physical layer perspective.814. and system performance can be found in the 3GPP submissions to the first IMT-Advanced evaluation workshop. LTE-Advanced key technologies • Carrier aggregation • Enhanced uplink multiple access • Enhanced multiple antenna transmission Within Release 10 there is other ongoing work that is complementary to LTEAdvanced but not considered essential for meeting the ITU requirements. The following are current solution proposals for the LTE-Advanced radio interface. network.101.807 [14] is being drafted. Prior to the elaboration of the Release 10 UE radio specifications in 36.

many configurations could be used to meet the data rates in Table 4. three new UE categories 6-8 have been defined. Given the many possible combinations of layers and carrier aggregation. # DL-SCH Total soft Max. Uplink configurations UE category DL CA capability #CCs/BW(MHz) [provisional] 1/20 MHz 2/10+10 MHz DL layers max # layers [provisional] 4 4 2 4 (10 MHz) 2 (20 MHz) 4 4 2 4 (10 MHz) 2 (20 MHz) [8] UE category Category 6 UL CA capability #CCs/BW(MHz) [provisional] 1/20 MHZ 2/10+10 MHz 1/10 MHz 2/20+20 MHZ 1/20 MHz 2/10+20 MHz UL layers max # layers [provisional] 1 1 2 1 2 2 (10 MHz) 1 (20 MHz) [4] Category 6 2/20+20 MHz 2/10+20 MHz 1/20 MHz 2/10+10 MHz Category 7 2/20+20 MHz 2/10+20 MHz Category 8 [2/20+20 MHz] Category 7 Category 8 [2/20+20 MHz] 12 .# UL-SCH TB bits/TTI 5160 25456 51024 51024 75376 [51024] [150752/102048 (Up to RAN4)] [600000] Uplink Max. bits/TB/ channel spatial TTI bits layers 10296 51024 75376 75376 149776 [TBD] [TBD] [TBD] 250368 1237248 1237248 1827072 3667200 [3667200] [TBD] [TBD] 1 2 2 2 4 * * * Max. # DL-SCH TB bits/ TTI 10296 51024 102048 150752 299552 [299552] [299552] [1200000] Downlink Max. [15] Table 4. Downlink configurations Table 6. Release 10 UE categories UE category Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Category 6 Category 7 Category 8 Max. # UL-SCH bits/TB/ TTI 5160 25456 51024 51024 75376 [TBD] [TBD] [TBD] Support for 64 QAM No No No No Yes No Yes/No (Up to RAN4) Yes *See Tables 5 and 6 Note that category 8 exceeds the requirements of IMT-Advanced by a considerable margin. Table 5. Tables 5 and 6 define the most probable cases for which performance requirements will be developed. data rate (DL/UL) (Mbps) 10/5 50/25 100/50 150/50 300/75 300/50 300/150 1200/600 Max.Release 10 new UE categories The existing UE categories 1-5 for Release 8 and Release 9 are shown in Table 4. #. In order to accommodate LTE-Advanced capabilities.

intra-band non-contiguous. Figure 3 shows an example of contiguous aggregation in which two 20 MHz channels are located side by side. more use of the gap between component carriers could be made. At the moment. which have 15 kHz spacing. To meet ITU 4G requirements. Contiguous aggregation of two uplink component carriers The term component carrier used in this context refers to any of the bandwidths defined in Release 8/9 LTE. with 40 MHz the expectation for minimum performance. In the case of contiguous aggregation. but this would require defining new. Depending on the aggregation scenario. Thus spectrum from one band can be added to spectrum from another band in a UE that supports multiple transceivers. Figure 3. A Release 8 or 9 UE. LTE-Advanced will support three component carrier aggregation scenarios: intra-band contiguous. the n x 300 kHz spacing can be facilitated by inserting a low number of unused subcarriers between contiguous component carriers. LTE supports channel bandwidths up to 20 MHz. can receive and transmit on a single component carrier only. However. Therefore the only way to achieve significantly higher data rates is to increase the channel bandwidth. IMT-Advanced sets the upper limit at 100 MHz. An LTE-Advanced UE with capabilities for receive and/or transmit carrier aggregation will be able to simultaneously receive and/or transmit on multiple component carriers. and inter-band non-contiguous aggregation. if the channels in this example were non-contiguous—that is. slightly wider component carriers. The spacing between center frequencies of contiguously aggregated component carriers will be a multiple of 300 kHz to be compatible with the 100 kHz frequency raster of Release 8/9 and at the same time preserve orthogonality of the subcarriers. In this case the aggregated bandwidth covers the 40 MHz minimum requirement and could be supported with a single transceiver. however. and it is unlikely that spectral efficiency can be improved much beyond current LTE performance targets. 13 . Component carriers must be compatible with LTE Release 8 and 9. or located in different frequency bands—then multiple transceivers in the UE would be required.LTE-Advanced key technologies Carrier aggregation Achieving the 4G target downlink peak data rate of 1 Gbps will require wider channel bandwidths than are currently specified in LTE Release 8. Because most spectrum is occupied and 100 MHz of contiguous spectrum is not available to most operators. the ITU has allowed the creation of wider bandwidths through the aggregation of contiguous and non-contiguous component carriers. not adjacent.

) Each transport block will be mapped to a single component carrier only. Up to 5 component carriers may be aggregated. The radio performance aspects are only at 30% completion. A UE may be scheduled over multiple component carriers simultaneously. PHICH. where re-farming of the underused 1800 MHz band currently allocated to GSM is a significant possibility.807. Table 7. This scenario is an important combination for Europe. For mapping at the physical layer (PHY) to medium access control (MAC) layer interface. An LTE-Advanced UE cannot be configured with more uplink component carriers than downlink component carriers. power back off. The details of how the control signaling will be handled across the multiple carriers are still being developed. (Hybrid ARQ is the control mechanism for retransmission. In June 2010 a third scenario was added for bands 3 and 7. maximum power. PDCCH. as well as the bandwidth of each. To get some idea of the number of combinations requested by operators. operators will have to deal with the challenge of deciding what bands to pick for aggregation and it may be some time before consensus is reached allowing sufficient scale to drive the vendor community. PUSCH resource allocation. refer to Annex A of TR 36. and in typical TDD deployments the number of uplink and downlink component carriers. 14 . as Table 7 just begins to describe the possible scope of CA. must be the same. the 4G proposal to extend aggregation to 100 MHz in multiple bands raises considerable technical challenges owing to the cost and complexity that will be added to the UE. Aggregation techniques are not new to 4G. However. This is significant. as shown in Table 7. and the UCI on the PUSCH. However. aggregation is also used in HSPA and 1xEV-DO Release B. the study for Release 10 LTE-Advanced was initially limited to two scenarios. UL power control. one intra-band TDD example and one inter-band FDD example. the details of the physical layer changes to support the signaling are complex and involve changes to the PCFICH. the maximum size of a single component carrier is limited to 110 resource blocks. Moreover. PUCCH. 3GPP initially identified 12 likely deployment scenarios for study with the intention of identifying requirements for spurious emissions. although for reasons of simplicity and backwards compatibility it is unlikely that anything beyond the current 100 RB will be specified. 3GPP Release 10 carrier aggregation (CA) scenarios for study [16] Uplink (UL) band UE transmit/BS receive E-UTRA operating Channel FUL_low (MHz) – FUL_high (MHz) BW MHz Band 40 1 5 3 7 2300 1920 824 1710 2500 – – – – – 2400 1980 849 1788 2570 [TBD] [TBD] [TBD] 20 20 Downlink (DL) band UE receive/BS transmit FDL_low (MHz) – FDL_high (MHz) 2300 2110 869 1805 2620 – – – – – 2400 2170 894 1880 2690 Band CA_40 CA_1-5 CA_3-7 Channel BW MHz [TBD] [TBD] [TBD] 20 20 Duplex mode TDD FDD FDD The physical layer definition for CA is considered 80% complete and although the CA concept is simple. and other factors associated with combining different radio frequencies in a single device. Every combination introduced into the specifications has to be assessed for aspects such as required guard bands. and so forth. there will be one transport block (in the absence of spatial multiplexing) and one hybrid-ARQ entity for each scheduled component carrier. spurious emissions. because of the number of the scenarios and limited time.In Release 10.

Enhanced uplink multiple access block diagram 15 . In Release 8 and Release 9. the TX and RX separation for each of the 19 defined FDD bands is fixed. and a UE may be scheduled over multiple component carriers simultaneously using carrier aggregation. This scheme is similar to SC-FDMA but has the advantage that it allows noncontiguous (clustered) groups of subcarriers to be allocated for transmission by a single UE. It will help satisfy the requirement for increased uplink spectral efficiency while maintaining backward-compatibility with LTE. Figure 4 shows a block diagram for the enhanced uplink multiple access (clustered SC-FDMA) process. since asymmetric uplink and downlink allocations will be commonplace. as described in the previous section. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MAC PDU Coding Modulation DFT Mapping 0 0 0 IFFT CP Insertion 0 0 0 0 Figure 4. thus enabling uplink frequency-selective scheduling and better link performance. different numbers of CCs in the uplink and downlink. Enhanced uplink multiple access Today’s LTE uplink is based on SC-FDMA. Each transport block is mapped to a single component carrier.One of the new challenges that CA introduces to the radio specifications is the concept of variable TX/RX frequency separation. The introduction of CA changes that. and finally a combination of different bandwidths and numbers of CCs. How to limit the allowed allocations in order to minimize the number of test scenarios is still under study. also known as discrete Fourier transform spread OFDM (DFT-S-OFDM). Clustered SC-FDMA was chosen in preference to pure OFDM to avoid a significant increase in PAPR. among others. However. This attribute impacts specifications for reference sensitivity and receiver blocking. LTE-Advanced enhances the uplink multiple access scheme by adopting clustered SC-FDMA. There is only one transport block and one hybrid ARQ entity per scheduled component carrier. a powerful technology that combines many of the flexible aspects of OFDM with the low peak to average power ratio (PAPR) of a single carrier system. different bandwidths of CC in the uplink and downlink. SC-FDMA requires carrier allocation across a contiguous block of spectrum and this prevents some of the scheduling flexibility inherent in pure OFDM. The asymmetry is driven by three scenarios.

Comparison of Release 8 and proposed Release 10 uplink configurations The initial specifications are likely to limit the number of SC-FDMA clusters to two.Examples of different Release 8 and Release 10 uplink configurations are given in Figure 5. multiple antenna transmission is not supported in order to simplify the baseline UE. Release 8 LTE maximum number of antenna ports and spatial layers 16 . whereas in Release 10 it is possible to transmit more than one carrier. although multiple user spatial multiplexing (MU-MIMO) is supported. With this multi-user approach to spatial multiplexing. assuming four UE receivers) and the uplink a maximum of one per UE (1x2. The key point is that all Release 8 configurations are single carrier. The downlink supports a maximum of four spatial layers of transmission (4x4. which makes the PAPR higher than the Release 8 cases. In Release 8. Enhanced multiple antenna transmission Figure 6 shows the Release-8 LTE limits for antenna ports and spatial multiplexing layers. In the case of MU-MIMO. Release 8: SC-FDMA with alternating PUSCH/PUCCH (Inherently single carrier) Partially allocated PUSCH Partially allocated PUSCH Lower PUCCH Upper PUCCH Fully allocated PUSCH Proposed Release 10: Clustered SC-FDMA with simultaneous PUSCH/PUCCH (Potentially multi-carrier) Partially allocated PUSCH + PUCCH Partially allocated PUSCH + PUCCH Partially allocated PUSCH + 2 PUCCH Partially allocated PUSCH only Fully allocated PUSCH + PUCCH Figure 5. Note that the multiple carriers referred to here as part of clustered SC-FDMA and simultaneous PUCCH/PUSCH are contained within one component carrier and should not be confused with the multiple component carriers of CA. assuming an eNB diversity receiver). two UEs transmit on the same frequency and time. Max 4 layers/antennas Max 1 layer/antenna Figure 6. which will provide some improved spectral efficiency over single cluster when transmitting through a frequency-selective channel with more than one distinct peak. which means that the PAPR is no greater than the underlying QPSK or 16QAM modulation format. gains in uplink capacity are available but single user peak data rates are not improved. and the eNB has to differentiate between them based on their spatial properties.

Channel state information reference signals (CSI-RS) and associated modifications to UE feedback in the CSI codebook design will be introduced. 9. antenna ports 7. which would offer higher peak rates but require eight receive antennas in the UE. LTE-Advanced maximum number of antenna ports and spatial layers The work to define the enhanced downlink is about 80% complete. LTE-Advanced specifies up to eight layers in the downlink which. with the requisite eight receivers in the UE. There also will be equivalent changes for downlink control signaling. and 10 (normal cycle prefix) [17] 17 . The UE will be specified to support up to four transmitters allowing the possibility of up to 4x4 transmission in the uplink when combined with four eNB receivers. The specification for DMRS for Ranks 1 to 4 is given in Figure 8. R7 R7 R7 R7 R 8 R8 R 8 R8 R9 R9 R9 R9 R10 R10 R10 R10 All other downlink subframes R7 R7 R7 R7 R 8 R8 R 8 R8 R9 R9 R9 R9 R10 R10 R10 R10 R7 R7 l =0 l =6 l =0 R7 R7 l =6 l =0 R8 R8 l =6 l =0 R 8 R8 R9 R9 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 R9 R9 l =6 l =0 R10 R10 l =6 l =0 R10 R10 l =6 even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots Antenna port 7 Antenna port 8 Antenna port 9 Antenna port 10 Figure 8. Mapping of UE-specific reference signals. allows the possibility in the downlink of 8x8 spatial multiplexing. DMRS support for Ranks 5 to 8 is not defined for Release 10 but is not precluded in future releases.To improve single user peak data rates and to meet the ITU-R requirement for spectrum efficiency. See Figure 7. Release 10 emphasizes dual-layer spatial multiplexing augmented by four-antenna beamsteering rather than a pure 8-layer spatial multiplexing approach. 8. Max 8 layers/antennas Max 4 layers/antennas Figure 7. There will be changes to the UE-specific demodulation reference signal (DMRS) patterns to support up to eight antennas.

and eight antenna ports is given in Figure 9. The center of the channel has been used for Release 8 PDSCH and the outer RBs for Release 10 PDSCH. The first two symbols of each subframe are reserved for the PDCCH. This particular signaling configuration was created using Agilent SystemVue along with a “beta” version of its LTE-Advanced Release 10 library. The design of the CSI-RS offers other advantages over the legacy CRS in that higher reuse factors are available. The proposed mappings of the CSI-RS for two. which makes the introduction of inter-cell interference cancellation (ICIC) more practical. 18 . four. Included in the allocation are cell-specific RS along with Release 10 DMRS. Mapping of CSI reference signals (CSI configuration 0.The CSI-RS are introduced in the downlink to enable UE-specific weights to be applied to the RS for UE channel measurement purposes according to the CSI feedback. normal cyclic prefix) [18] Figure 10 illustrates the resource block (RB) allocation for a 10 MHz FDD signal transmitted over an EPA channel as seen at the antenna of a single input UE. In this way the behavior of the UE-specific RS will track that of the precoded data (PDSCH). which is already optimized for each UE. Figure 10. Normal cyclic prefix is employed. R15 R15 R16 R16 R17 R17 R18 R18 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 R19 R19 R 20 R 20 R 21 R 21 R 22 R 22 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 l =0 l =6 even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots even-numbered slots odd-numbered slots Figure 9. Example of resource block allocation in LTE-Advanced The allocation shown in Figure10 is extracted from the center 12 RBs in the first two subframes of a 10 MHz FDD downlink signal.

RI. Agreement has been reached on mapping of the PHICH on the downlink for uplink SU-MIMO. Various modifications to the downlink control signaling have been agreed to including the following: • Support of 2 orthogonal DMRS ports and 2 scrambling sequences for MU-MIMO operation • No additional signaling to be added for the MU-MIMO case in which one RB is scheduled to more than one UE • Additions to support the new 8Tx SU-MIMO mode dynamic switching between SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO Equivalent work is ongoing to define multiple antenna transmission for the uplink. Note that in Release 8 and Release 9. but for the 2Tx and 4Tx cases. which was defined for four antennas in Release 8 and enhanced to 8 antennas in Release 10. the Release 8 codebook will be reused as it is considered good enough. 19 . several proposals are being considered to improve CQI/ PMI/RI accuracy for both MU-MIMO and SU-MIMO: • Aperiodic PUSCH CQI mode 3-2 (sub-band CQI + sub-band PMI) • Extension of Release 8 periodic PUCCH CQI mode 2-1 with sub-band PMI • Potential enhancement on CQI for MU • Potential enhancement on interference measurement for CQI • UE procedure to derive PMI targeting for both MU-MIMO and SU-MIMO Extensions of some of the Release 8 aperiodic PUSCH CQI feedback modes (1-2. Enhancements to the sounding reference symbols (SRS) have been proposed. although the radio performance aspects for the UE and eNB are still in the early stages of discussion with completion not expected until June 2011. A major issue is how uplink control information (UCI) will be multiplexed between two or more PUSCH. This is also an issue for carrier aggregation. and PMI. 2-2. and 3-1) is proposed along with extensions of the periodic PUCCH modes 1-1 and 2-1. However. Essential agreements have been reached on resource sizes for HARQ. only single antenna uplink transmission was defined.The principles for a new codebook for the 8Tx case have been agreed to. so the work in release 10 is not an enhancement as is the case for multiple antenna downlink transmission. CQI. and on the cyclic shift and orthogonal cover code (OCC) definitions for the uplink DMRS. The physical layer definition for multiple antenna transmission is well advanced.

However. Figure 11 compares traditional MIMO downlink spatial multiplexing with coordinated multipoint. the data streams that are being transmitted from the base stations are not the same. Most likely the physical link carrying the LTE X2 interface. then more advanced transmission is possible. Thus the uplink is restricted to using the simpler technique of coordinated scheduling. the use of coordination between the base stations is less advanced. 20 . Traditional MIMO: co-located transmission Rx0 Rx1 UE Coordinated multipoint Tx0 Tx1 eNB 2 Tx0 Tx1 eNB Rx0 Rx1 UE Figure 11. The downside is the consequence that for a 10 MHz signal. The most obvious different between the two systems is that with coordinated multipoint. if coherent combining. the transmitters do not have to be physically co-located. there is no realistic mechanism for sharing the data between UEs for the purposes of precoding. Comparison of traditional downlink MIMO and coordinated multipoint In the downlink. a mesh-based interface between the base stations. will be used for sharing the baseband data. although they are linked by some type of high speed data connection and can share payload data. a technique that is widely known in CDMA systems in which the same signal is transmitted from different cells.Release 10 and beyond: Technologies under consideration Coordinated multipoint transmission and reception Coordinated multipoint (CoMP) is an advanced variant of MIMO being studied as a means of improving performance for high data rates. because the data required to transmit to the mobile needs to be present at only one of the serving cells. In the uplink. The CoMP approach to MIMO requires high speed. there is considerable opportunity at the eNB receivers to share the received data prior to demodulation to enable more advanced demodulation to be performed. coordinated multipoint enables coordinated scheduling and beamforming from two or more physically separated locations. however. simply because when two or more UEs are transmitting from different places. These features do not make full use of CoMP’s potential. These different data streams are precoded in such a way as to maximize the probability that the UE can decode the different data streams. as indicated on the right hand side of Figure 11 by a line between eNB1 and eNB2. cell-edge throughput. also known as cooperative or network MIMO. On the other hand. the backhaul could be as much as 5 Gbps of low latency connections between the participating eNBs. and system throughput in high load and low load scenarios. is used. The coherent combining used in CoMP is somewhat like soft combining or soft handover. symbol-level data communication between all the transmitting entities. With coherent combining.

The main use cases for relays are to improve urban or indoor throughput. the RN will connect to the donor cell’s eNB (DeNB) in one of two ways: • In-band (in-channel). In the proposals for Release 10. given the timeline for finalizing the specification. in which case the DeNB-to-RN link shares the same carrier frequency with RN-to-UE links. so they must be sited carefully. as the load on the system increases. the repeater could be located at the cell edge or in some other area of poor coverage. This was not considered sufficient to keep coordinated multipoint as a proposal in Release 10. amplifies and then retransmits the downlink and uplink signals to overcome areas of poor coverage. In-channel relay and backhaul 21 . The most basic and legacy relay method is the use of a radio repeater. The concept of relaying is not new but the level of sophistication continues to grow. Relaying Another method of improving coverage in difficult conditions is the use of relaying. to add dead zone coverage. Radio repeaters are relatively simple devices operating purely at the RF level. In general. A relay node (RN) is connected wirelessly to the radio access network via a donor cell. these gains begin to disappear. However. the CoMP process can provide substantial performance gains. which receives. or to extend coverage in rural areas. 3GPP’s recent simulation data showed initial performance improvement to be in the 5% to 15% range. repeaters can improve coverage but do not substantially increase capacity. Typically they receive and retransmit an entire frequency band. [19] Coordinated multipoint will be studied further for 3GPP Release 11. Also. In the figure. recent results from the EASY-C testbed showed limited performance gains in lightly loaded networks with minimal or no interference. DeNB Over the air backhaul eNB Cell edge RN RN RN Multi-hop relaying Area of poor coverage with no cabled backhaul Figure 12. It remains unclear what eNB testing of CoMP might entail as it is very much a systemlevel performance gain and is difficult to emulate.Simulations of coordinated multipoint have shown that when the system is not fully loaded. in which case the DeNB-to-RN link does not operate in the same carrier frequency as RN-to-UE links. Figure 12 shows a typical scenario. • Out-band.

point-to-point connections to avoid creating unnecessary interference in the rest of the network. Support for heterogeneous networks Release 10 intends to address the support needs of heterogeneous networks that combine low power nodes (such as picocells. The Release 10 specifications also continue to develop the use of femtocells and home base stations (HeNBs) introduced in Release 9 as a means of improving network efficiencies and reducing infrastructure costs. This delay may not affect RAN standardization but may impact deployment. and RNs) within a macrocell.More advanced relays at layer 2 can decode transmissions before retransmitting them. These subframes are the ones which otherwise could have been allocated for use with multimedia broadcast in a single frequency network (MBSFN). using standard air interface protocols and performing its own resource allocation and scheduling. Multi-hop relaying is also possible. the subject of radio resource management is growing in importance. In this case a signal is sent from the DeNB to the first RN and then on to the next RN and finally down to the UE. Traffic can then be forwarded selectively to and from the UE local to the RN. Work is ongoing to develop more advanced methods of radio resource management including new self-optimizing network (SON) features. The uplink signal coming back from the UE gets transmitted up through the RNs and back to the DeNB. In Release 10 progress is being made on the RAN aspects of relaying but it is likely that the network security aspects will be delayed until Release 11.814 Annex A. The concept of the relay station can be applied in low density deployments where a lack of suitable backhaul would otherwise preclude use of a cellular network. The use of in-band or in-channel backhaul can be optimized using narrow. Deployment scenarios under evaluation are detailed in TR 36. 22 . The link budget between the DeNB and the RN can be engineered to be good enough to allow the use of some of the subframes for backhaul of the relay traffic. This technique is possible to do in-channel in an OFDMA system because the channel can be split into UE and backhaul traffic. thus minimizing the interference created by legacy relays that forward all traffic. Depending on the level at which the protocol stack is terminated in the RN. [20] As the network becomes more complex. repeaters. as Figure 12 shows. This can be largely avoided by extending the protocol stack of the RN up to Layer 3 to create a wireless router that operates in the same way that a normal eNB operates. femtocells. such types of relay may require the development of relay-specific standards.

and other deployment challenges. Currently three different proposals for enabling HeNB to HeNB mobility are being studied and a decision is expected in Dec 2010. The intent of SON is to substantially reduce the effort required to introduce new nodes and manage the network. such as the introduction of a new femtocell. and the addition of new nodes to the network involves expensive and time-consuming work. by making use of the O&M interface and the network management module • Self optimization–The continuous process of using environmental data. This capability is very important for enterprise deployments. HeNB mobility enhancements Another category of network enhancement that will figure prominently in Release 10 is the femtocell or home eNode B (HeNB). There are implications for radio planning as well as for the operations and maintenance (O&M) interface to the base station.LTE self optimizing network enhancements Today’s cellular systems are very much centrally planned. Femtocell deployment in a heterogeneous 23 . an opportunity exists for LTE to incorporate this technology from the start rather than retrospectively designing it into legacy systems such as UMTS and GSM. site visits for optimization. such as UE and base station measurements. to optimize the current network settings within the constraints set by the configuration process • Self healing–The process of recovering from an exceptional event caused by unusual circumstances. Mobile Operator Network Internet HeNB Local UE HeNB Local UE B eN to H er B v N He ando H Figure 13. The main aspects of SON can be summarized as follows: • Self configuration–The one-time process of automating a specific event. Some limited SON capability was introduced in Release 8 and is being further elaborated in Release 9 and Release 10. 3GPP work on femtocell inclusion in UMTS was ongoing during Release 8 and was extended in Release 9 to LTE with the HeNB. such as dramatically changing interference conditions or the detection of a ping pong situation in which a UE continuously switches between macro and femto cells. Further enhancements to enable HeNB to HeNB mobility will be added in Release 10. Figure 13 shows the topology of a femtocell deployment. Although the femtocell concept is not unique to LTE or LTE-Advanced. In Release 9 only inbound mobility (macro to HeNB) was fully specified.

network planning. the probability that areas of dense femtocell deployment will block macrocells becomes an issue. deployment. prioritization. The radio channel could be a channel shared with a larger cell (known as co-channel deployment) or it could be a dedicated channel. and congestion management • QoS control for real-time services (such as voice) and applications requiring guaranteed bit rates • Access control providing closed subscriber group local and roaming access • Capability for self-configuration. Most femtocell deployments will be indoors. probably using co-channel deployment • In dense areas to provide high data rates and capacity In both cases operators must decide whether the femtocell will be deployed for closed subscriber group (CSG) UE or for open access. They include such considerations as infrastructure cost and financing. Also depicted in Figure 13 is a femtocell outside the macrocell coverage area. but they present many challenges. self-optimization. This and other practical considerations such as pricing can be considered commercial issues. The two main deployment scenarios for femtocells are in the following locations: • In rural areas with poor or no (indoor) coverage. Solutions are needed for many of the following.From a radio deployment perspective the femtocell operates over a small area within a larger cell. although in the co-channel CSG case. self-organization. mobility and data throughput performance. This shows how femtocells might be used to provide local cellular coverage in rural areas where DSL service exists but not that of the preferred operator. method of backhaul.versus closed-access operation • Support of more than one network per femtocell • Ownership of the backhaul and the issue of net neutrality • Optimized and balanced interworking between macrocells and femtocells to minimize unnecessary handovers • Methods of resolving bottlenecks on fixed broadband backhaul connection. the defining attributes of femtocells are far more numerous than coverage area alone. The potential gains from femtocells are substantial. The femtocell concept is fundamentally different from relaying since the femtocell connection back into the core network is provided locally by an existing DSL or cable internet connection rather than over the air back to the macrocell. which helps provide isolation between the femtocell and macrocell. device and user authentication 24 . some of which are being addressed in Release 10: • Cognitive methods to reduce interference to the macro network • Radio resource management requirements • Methods of addressing security concerns associated with users building their own cellular networks • Verification of geographic location and roaming aspects • Business models for open. quality of service. Although the term “femtocell” suggests that the major difference from existing systems is one of coverage area. and selfhealing (including fault management and failure recovery) • Security. backhaul protection. and control. especially on the uplink for services requiring symmetric bandwidths.

For these reasons. Two main deployment scenarios are given in TR 36.807. Such deployment is seen as an attractive use of the “digital dividend” spectrum freed up by the switchover from analog to digital television. The indoor scenario will likely involve an omni-directional antenna whereas the outdoor scenario will likely be deployed using some form of directional antenna. femtocells do not provide the mobility of macrocellular systems. This extra radio performance is particularly useful where LTE might be used to provide high performance broadband services. studies have shown that increases in average data rates and capacity of some 100x are possible with femtocells over what can be achieved from the macro network. Figure 14: CPE deployment scenarios (36. Customer premises equipment is also less likely to be battery powered. The combination of antenna positioning.2-1) [21] 25 .807 Figure 9. as shown in Table 8. as shown in Figure 14. Comparison of macrocell/microcell and femtocell/hotspot use models Macro/microcell Ubiquitous mobile data and voice Mobility and continuous coverage Ability to control QoS Limited capacity and data rates High costs. On the other hand. and differences exist in the use models of these systems. The main advantage of the CPE is that it can be optimally located using a higher performance antenna. output power. and less concern about power consumption dramatically changes the performance that would be possible using a typical mobile UE. Table 8. and it is defined with a higher output power of up to 27 dBm compared with 23 dBm for a standard UE. acceptable for high value traffic Often outdoors and moving Femtocell/hotspot Opportunistic nomadic data Hotspot coverage Limited QoS for lower value data Distributed cost (not low cost) Free or charged Indoors and sitting down Fixed wireless customer premises equipment (CPE) Customer premises equipment in the context of the 3GPP specifications refers to a UE in a fixed location. in rural areas. fixed location.In spite of these issues. for example. which gives added design freedom to optimize radio performance. femtocell and hotspot deployments should be considered complimentary to rather than competitive with macrocells and microcells.

The LTE standard is new and quite complex. both frequency and time domain duplexing (FDD and TDD) transmission modes. the performance requirements for carrier aggregation remain to be decided. Until this discussion is concluded. which heavily influences where the component carriers are combined: • at digital baseband • in analog waveforms before the RF mixer • after the RF mixer but before the power amplifier (PA) • after the PA 26 . In typical difficult radio environments. and LTE-Advanced raises it even higher. LTE and LTE-Advanced will have to co-exist with 2G and 3G cellular systems for some time. which can be used for high level system design and verification. LTE-Advanced and Release 10 will pose many challenges to engineers. and several are still under discussion. with multiple channel bandwidths. Simultaneous transmit or receive with mandatory MIMO support will add significantly to the challenge of antenna design. The exact impact of carrier aggregation on the specifications depends on the reference UE architecture. carrier aggregation will undoubtedly pose major difficulties for the UE. LTE sets the bar for performance targets very high. The addition of simultaneous non-contiguous transmitters creates a highly challenging radio environment in terms of spur management and self-blocking. Carrier aggregation Although not considered a problem for the base station. which must handle multiple simultaneous transceivers. Creating carrier aggregation signals To illustrate the concepts of carrier aggregation some examples are provided here using Agilent’s SystemVue design software. different transmission schemes for the downlink and uplink. Various options exist for implementing carrier aggregation in the transmitter architecture depending primarily upon the frequency separation. and use of MIMO antenna techniques.Design and Test Challenges As an evolution of LTE. so interworking necessities and potential interference remain important issues.

27 . low-power combiner @ RF. Possible UE transmitter architectures for various carrier aggregation scenarios (36. Figure 16. This structure could also be applied to non-contiguous carrier aggregation for both intra-band and inter-band. single PA RF filter Multiplex 1 BB IFFT D/A L1 RF PA D Multiplex 2 BB RF filter IFFT D/A RF PA L2 RF filter Yes Yes Yes + (depending on specific EUTRA bands being aggregated) Multiple (baseband + IFFT + DAC + mixer + PA). Figure 16 shows a quick implementation of LTE Advanced sources with carrier aggregation.2.912 V9.Figure 15 shows some of these possible transmitter architectures for the UE. single (stage-1 IF mixer + combiner @stage-2 RF mixer + PA) RF filter Multiplex 1 BB IFFT D/A L1 RF PA C Multiplex 2 BB Yes Yes IFFT D/A L2 Multiple (baseband + IFFT + DAC + mixer).3. Example of intra-band carrier aggregation in Agilent SystemVue Figure 16 is an example of intra-band contiguous carrier aggregation. The structure assumes that each component carrier is processed by an independent signal chain. high power combiner to single antenna OR dual antenna X OTHER Figure 15. 11.1-1) All of the transmitter architectures illustrated in Figure 15 can be implemented easily in Agilent SystemVue software.0 2010-06 Fig. Tx Characteristics Option Description (Tx architecture) Inter Band aggregation Intra Band aggregation Contiguous (CC) Non contiguous (CC) Non contiguous (CC) L1 RF filter A Multiplex 1 and 2 BB Yes IFFT D/A RF PA Single (baseband + IFFT + DAC + mixer + PA) Multiplex 1 BB IFFT D/A L1 RF PA L2 B Multiplex 2 BB RF filter Yes Yes IFFT D/A Multiple (baseband + IFFT + DAC).3.

Figure 17. Constellation of the first component carrier 28 .Figure 17 shows the spectrum of two 20 MHz component carriers chosen from Band 7 (2600 MHz) are aggregated with the center frequency spacing set to 20.1 MHz (a multiple of the required 300 kHz). Figure 18 shows the constellation of the physical channels and physical signals in the first component carrier (2630 MHz). Carrier aggregation spectrum of two adjacent component carriers Figure 18.

the PUCCH and PUSCH can be scheduled together to reduce latency. Test tools will need to be enhanced with capability for signal generation and analysis of in-channel multicarrier signals in LTE-Advanced power amplifiers. Carrier aggregation spectrum of four component carriers Enhanced uplink multiple access The introduction of clustered SC-FDMA in the uplink allows frequency selective scheduling within a component carrier for better link performance. Both features create multi-carrier signals within the channel bandwidth and increase the opportunity for in-channel and adjacent channel spur generation. the extent to which enhanced uplink RF performance requirements will be included in Release 10 remains to be decided. Simultaneous PUCCH and PUSCH also increase PAPR. Figure 19. Figure 20. The red trace shows the increased spurs caused by moving one of the RB to the other edge of the channel to simulate the effect of simultaneous PUCCH. two channel edge RB [22] The blue trace shows the spurs generated by two adjacent RB at the channel edge. However. 29 . Until issues relating to spurs are concluded.In Figure 19. four adjacent 20MHz component carriers chosen from 3. which would require either a substantial improvement in power amplifier (PA) linearity or a reduction in the maximum operating level. Figure 20 shows an example of spur generation caused by simultaneous transmission of two PUCCH signals at the channel edge. Comparison of spurs generated by two adjacent vs.5 GHz are aggregated with the adjacent center frequency spacing set to 20. Note that in some places the spurs rise by around 40 dB. adding to transmitter linearity issues. Also.1 MHz. clustered SC-FDMA increases PAPR by a significant amount.

power handling. MIMO antennas with good de-correlation to operate in the small space of an LTE-Advanced UE.Designing an enhanced uplink signal Figure 4 showed a block diagram for clustered SC-FDMA in LTE-Advanced. and the MIMO antennas will have to be de-correlated. At the base station. Increasing this to 8x to maximize the potential for spatial multiplexing and beamsteering may require the use of tower-mounted remote radio heads (RRH) to avoid the need to run 8 sets of expensive and lossy cables up the tower. practical considerations make commercial deployment more challenging. At the UE. Figure 21. It will be especially difficult to design multiband. In addition. Implementation of clustered SC-FDMA in Agilent SystemVue Enhanced multiple antenna transmission Higher order MIMO will increase the need for simultaneous transceivers in a manner similar to carrier aggregation. Laptop data-only systems clearly have an advantage over handheld devices in terms of size. compact 4x antenna systems are already in use. A common solution to this is to use cross-polarization rather than spatial separation to reduce the correlation between antennas. In some circumstances it may be preferable to use a six sector cell with four antennas per sector rather than a three-sector cell with eight antennas per sector. The potential reception gains from MIMO systems are a function of the number of antennas. and throughput requirements. The implementation of this uplink transmission scheme using Agilent SystemVue models is shown in Figure 21. The input and output of each model can be observed. However. Conducted testing of higher order MIMO terminals will no longer be usable for predicting actual radiated performance in an operational network. A study item in Release 10 of the 3GPP standard is looking at MIMO over the air (OTA) testing that could be extended to the higher order MIMO defined for LTE-Advanced. MIMO has an additional challenge in that the number of antennas will multiply. it is very hard in a small device to achieve the necessary spatial separation of the antennas in order to exploit the spatial beamforming in the channel. There is a trade-off between the number of antennas per sector and the number of sectors per cell. The increased power consumption of MIMO systems is also a factor that cannot be overlooked. 30 . Although the theoretical potential of such systems can be simulated. the main issue with higher order MIMO is the physical space required for the antennas.

Example of how a DL closed loop spatial multiplexing measurement for Release 8 (36. relaying is completely transparent so the design challenge is all on the network side. Managing multi-hop relaying for coverage—for example. The precoding matrix indicator (PMI) is fed back from the receiver to the transmitter and the throughput is calculated from the UE ACK/NACK reports. Different channel models can be used to cover the range of IMT-Advanced operating environments. which enable the use of adaptive modulation and coding (AMC) on the downlink.2. Summary These are just a few of the challenges that LTE-Advanced and Release 10 will present wireless design and test engineers. which implies line-of-site positioning. It is an extrapolation of the existing closed-loop spatial multiplexing measurement defined for Release 8 in 36.1.Designing enhanced MIMO systems Figure 22 is an example of an 8x4 LTE-Advanced system designed in Agilent SystemVue. As the 4G specifications are published and the certification process moves ahead. the performance of the cell could actually go down. so too will test vendors have to increase the capability of their products and invent ingenious new ways to verify the performance of the evolving 4G systems. in a valley with no cabled backhaul—should be an easier task as no UE is involved. Relaying From the UE perspective. not up as intended.101 8. For the system to work.1. the link budget from the RN to the macro eNB must be good. If this process is not well managed. The UE must be instructed to hand over to a RN that is within range and release the RN when the UE goes out of range. Figure 22.101 8. 31 .2. The main operational challenge in getting relaying to work will be in the management of the UE.4) could be expanded to 8x4 for LTE-Advanced More advanced testing of spatial multiplexing performance in realistic conditions can be carried out by including UE CQI reports.4.

LTE-Advanced represents a big increase in system and device complexity. base station emulators. SystemVue is a valuable. SystemVue is Agilent’s electronic design automation (EDA) environment for electronic system level design.Outlook for LTE-Advanced Deployment Industry-supported field trials are already demonstrating the viability of many of the technical concepts in LTE-Advanced. signal creation software. also linking to enterprise design flows and reducing overall verification effort. and it will take time for the industry to respond. Agilent will provide the tools needed to gain insight into complex LTE technology implementations. the deployment of LTE-Advanced may be more than two years behind LTE for many reasons. dedicated “golden reference” blocksets for LTE Release 8 (compiled or source code IP). signal analyzers. power meters and sensors. and 3GPP’s submission to the ITU included a self-evaluation of its proposals concluding that LTE-Advanced meets all 4G requirements for being officially certified as 4G. These include the fact that LTE itself will have a slow rollout due to limited spectrum availability and the continued development and success of 2G and 3G systems. digital pre-distortion. standards compliant enhancements and features. which are compatible with Release 8. With links from concept to hardware generation to test. Agilent products will be ready to take on the latest test requirements with powerful. 32 . C++. SystemVue enables system architects and algorithm developers to combine signal processing innovations with accurate RF system modeling. For transmitter and receiver testing. SystemVue accelerates architectural exploration and model-based design of LTE Advanced Layer 1 systems. the timing of LTE-Advanced deployment is difficult to predict and will be dependent on industry demand and the success of today’s Release 8 and 9 LTE rollouts. and soon LTE-Advanced. interaction with test equipment. sources. From a standardization perspective LTE-Advanced is about two years behind LTE. complementary environment that provides insight into expected hardware performance well before hardware is physically available. and for transitioning a project from initial inquiry into the standards to product development by cross-domain RF and baseband product teams focused on achieving next-generation system performance. SystemVue provides math. and graphical algorithmic modeling interfaces. focused on the physical layer (PHY) of wireless communication systems. the Agilent X-Series signal analyzers and generators with the existing LTE software can create and analyze LTE-Advanced component carriers (CCs). As LTE-Advanced is defined in Release 10 and beyond. Nevertheless. and algorithm-level reference IP and applications. Design and Test Tools for LTE-Advanced Developers As the leader in design and test products for LTE and wireless communications. However. logic analyzers. facilitating the algorithm design and product development of systems based on this emerging new standard. For the 3GPP LTE design community. Agilent’s full range of LTE design and test products also includes baseband emulators. and much more. physical 8x8 MIMO channel modeling and fading. In addition. Agilent SystemVue provides early R&D exploration of LTE Advanced features. scopes.

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Acronyms 2G 3G 3GPP 4G ACK/NACK AMC ARQ BS BW CA CC CDMA CoMP CPE CQI CRS CSG CSI-RS DeNB DFT-S-OFDM DL DLMA DL-SCH DMRS DSL EDA E-DCH EDGE eNB EPA E-UTRA E-UTRAN FDD GCF GPRS GSM HARQ HeNB HSCSD HSDPA HSPA HSUPA ICIC IMT IMT-Advanced IMT-2000 ISD ITU ITU-R LCR-TDD LTE Second Generation Third Generation Third Generation Partnership Project Fourth Generation Acknowledgement/Negative Acknowledgement Adaptive Modulation and Coding Automatic Repeat Request Base Station Bandwidth Carrier Aggregation Component Carrier Code Division Multiple Access Cooperative Multipoint Customer Premises Equipment Channel Quality Indicator Cell-specific Reference Signal Closed Subscriber Group Channel State Information Reference Signals Donor-cell Enhanced Node B Discrete Fourier Transform Spread Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Downlink Downlink Multiple Antenna Downlink Shared Channel Demodulation Reference Signal Digital Subscriber Line Electronic Design Automation Enhanced Dedicated Channel Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution Evolved Node B Extended Pedestrian-A Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network Frequency Division Duplex Global Certification Forum General Packet Radio Service Global System for Mobile Communication Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request Home eNB High Speed Circuit Switched Data High Speed Downlink Packet Access High Speed Packet Access High Speed Uplink Packet Access Inter Cell Interference Cancellation International Mobile Telecommunications International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (4G) International Mobile Telecommunications 2000 project (3G) Inter-Site Distance International Telecommunications Union ITU-Radiocommunications Sector Low Chip Rate Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution 34 .

LTE-A MAC MIMO MU-MIMO O&M OCC OFDM OFDMA PA PAPR PCFICH PDCCH PDS PHICH PHY PMI PUCCH PUSCH QAM QoS QPSK RAN RB RF RI RIT RN RS RX SAE SC-FDMA SISO SON SRS SU-MIMO TB TDD TD-SCDMA TR TS TTI TX UCI UE UL ULMA UL-SCH UMTS UCI VoIP W-CDMA WP LTE-Advanced Medium Access Control Multiple Input Multiple Output Multiple User MIMO Operations and Maintenance Orthogonal Code Cover Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access Power Amplifier Peak to Average Power Ratio Physical Control Format Indicator Channel Physical Downlink Control Channel Packet Data System Physical Hybrid ARQ Indicator Channel Physical Layer Precoding Matrix Indicator Physical Uplink Control Channel Physical Uplink Shared Channel Quadrature Amplitude Modulation Quality of Service Quadrature Phase Shift Keying Radio Access Network Resource Block Radio Frequency Rank Indicator Radio Interface Technology Relay Node Reference Signal Receiver System Architecture Evolution Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access Single Input Single Output Self Optimizing Network Sounding Reference Signal Single User MIMO Transport Block Time Division Duplex Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access Technical Report Technical Specification Transmission Time Interval Transmitter Uplink Control Information User Equipment Uplink Uplink Multiple Antenna Uplink Shared Channel Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Uplink Control Information Voice over Internet Protocol Wideband CDMA Working Party 35 .

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